What type of Bride are you?
Now that you know who everyone is, who do you need? What type of Bride are you?
Are you a DIY Bride? If you are really into do-it-yourself projects (thanks Pinterest!) then you most definitely need a Day of Coordinator. You need someone else to take care of hanging your carefully crafted banners and tissue balls… or setting up your photo timeline … or making sure each centerpiece is just right. Do all the projects you want in the weeks and months leading up to it but please let someone else handle it on your wedding day.
Are you a Budget Bride? I have heard this so many times “my mom, aunt, grandma, cousin, mother-in-law…is going to take care of everything for me”. I understand why. The economy is tough right now (and weddings can be expensive, right?) and you have able bodied, well intentioned family members willing to lend an extra hand so why not take them up on the offer? Because they deserve to Be Carefree too!
Mom should be there with you when you are putting on your gown, not worrying about place cards or centerpieces. Grandma shouldn’t be out in the heat setting out chairs while you are relaxing with friends. Let everyone be a part of your perfect day. And what if one of there little disasters happens: the DJ doesn’t show up, the flowers are wrong (or dead), or the cake has fallen? Don’t add to the stress of the day by having to deal with those things yourself! No one in your family will pay as much attention to your carefully planned details as a professional will.
Hiring a Day-of Coordinator early in your planning process can potentially save you hundreds of dollars! How? Wedding professionals love to work with other pros that they know and have experience with…believe it or not, we all want your wedding day to be flawless. So your DoC might be able to direct you to a venue/photographer/florist/baker/DJ/caterer that they love working with – and offers their referrals a reduced rate.
Are you a Bride? We may be biased... but we are passionate about what we do. And we are passionate that every Bride and Groom should Be Carefree on their wedding day. Their families should too. There are so many vendors to coordinate on your wedding day – how can you relax and get ready if you are having to direct everyone on what to do or where to go? What about late vendors or those little snags mentioned above? How will you handle all of that? Because even the best planned wedding hits a bump or two.
There are two reactions from married women that find out what we do. It is either “I wish I had hired a Day of Coordinator!” or “I don’t know what I would have done without my Day of Coordinator!” We even once had a Father of the Bride tell me he had argued against hiring us, saying it wasn’t needed. But he changed his mind.... and before the end of the night, he told us that we were the best thing they spent money on.
Still need convincing? David Tutera - wedding planner extrordinaire uses a Day of Coordinator for all of his weddings.
"But we have an on-site coordinator."
That’s great! If you can book a venue that provides a full service coordinator then you are all set! But what if they aren’t really full service? Often times an on-site coordinator is only concerned with opening up and locking down at the end of the evening. Or perhaps they are really only concerned with the catering staff. Make sure you understand the full scope of what they will (or won’t) do for you prior to and on your wedding day.
Here are some helpful questions to ask your on-site coordinator:
- Will you set the tables with centerpieces and favors? Will you do all of the decorating?
- Will you contact all of my wedding professionals prior to the wedding to ensure they will be on time?
- Will you follow up if someone doesn’t show up on time, or has the wrong flowers/cake/food?
- Will you help coordinate photos with the family after the ceremony?
- Will you help bustle my gown after the ceremony?
- Will you clean up everything at the end of the evening and assist with getting gifts and personal effects loaded into the proper vehicles?
A Day of Coordinator will do all of those things and more for you.